A £4 million grant has been given towards the cost of developing a new deepwater quayside at one of Scotland’s port.
The Port of Cromarty Firth serves the North Sea oil and gas and renewable energy industries.
The £25 million quayside project involves adding nine acres of land to the 35-acre Invergordon Service Base site.
The new development will offer an extra deepwater quay and laydown space, which are both said to be “greatly in demand” by the offshore energy sector.
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “The energy sector represents a huge opportunity for Scotland to reap both economic benefits and become an energy power house.
“That is why it is important to support the development of the Port of Cromarty Firth – which in turn can create hundreds of jobs for the area not just in construction but also for the supply chain.”